Empty Stocking Fund

A mother of three boys was laid off from work last month and has used up all her savings to pay bills.


“I want to make my children happy on Christmas Day,” she writes. “Just to see them smile while opening up their presents will be the best gift I have received all year.

“I told them Christmas might be delayed this year until I can find work. They said they understood, but I could see their disappointment.

“I know God will find a way. Thank you all so much and God bless each and every one of you.”

The Augusta Chronicle Empty Stocking Fund has helped people such as this for 81 years. Last year, the charity raised more than $115,000 that helped children and families across the region.

Donations are tax-deductible. To contribute:

• Mail donations to The Augusta Chronicle’s Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

• Drop off donations at the cashier’s office at The Chronicle News Building, 725 Broad St., weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and at the Columbia County Bureau, Publix shopping center, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

• Donate online at augustachronicle.com/emptystocking.

– From staff reports